a pattern for a simple coif.
The squares are 1" square
1" = 2.8cm (approx)
The centre section may need to be shaped narrower at the back of the head.
To make a simple coif, cut 4 side pieces and 2 centre pieces. Sew the sides to the centre panels, press the seams then right sides together sew all round the coif leaving about 2"-3" (5-8cm) open at the back to turn the coif through.
Do a second row of stitches close to th first then snip the fabric on the curved portions to make it lay flat.
Turn the coif, press the sams and slip stitch the opening. Sew tapes or cords to the bottom of the coif et voila - a coif.
This shape is suitable throughout the medieval period up to the end of the 16th century and possibly beyond.